AFTP User

Tuesday, April 25 2017, 12:40AM

Try it Out
You may feel at a disadvantage in a financial market dominated by large Wall Street firms and hedge funds and conclude that profit opportunities are not available to average investors. AFTP provides you with state-of-the-art training in financial economics by professors at the world's top business schools, along with free access to the latest and most cutting-edge stock market prediction techniques developed at universities that have performance comparable or even superior to that of top investment houses in the US. Some of these techniques, which build upon the education provided in AFTP coursework, have been shown to consistently perform well during the recent financial crisis. These techniques focus on large well-diversified portfolios of assets, like ETFs, and attempt to identify the fundamental economic factors that drive the market prices of these portfolios.

Below, we illustrate the performance of a trading strategy based on one of the prediction techniques and compare it to a few top mutual funds. You also have the opportunity to test the performance over your choice of historical period.
Date Average Annualized Return (%)
AFTP Model SPY FCNTX VTSMX DFUSX AGTHX
2000-2009 16.8 -0.6 5.4 5.0 1.2 5.0
2000-2004 26.5 -2.2 2.8 3.6 -0.8 3.6
2005-2009 8.2 1.0 7.9 6.3 3.2 6.3

Methodology


  1. The graph reports cumulated returns that would have been earned over 2000-2009 by starting with $1000 in 1999 and following the trading strategy recommended by one of the AFTP stock market prediction techniques. It also compares the performance of the AFTP method with the S&P500 and a few top mutual funds.
  2. The AFTP method involves placing a trade at the start of every year, holding onto the position throughout the year, and rebalancing the portfolio at the start of the next year.
  3. The total returns over 2000-2009 are calculated assuming reinvestment of all capital gains and dividend income earned during the intermediate years.
  4. The mutual fund data are obtained from publicly available prospectuses provided by the funds.